Evidence from auditory and visual event-related potential (ERP) studies of deviance detection (MMN and vMMN) linking predictive coding theories and perceptual object representations

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Abstract

Predictive coding theories posit that the perceptual system is structured as a hierarchically organized set of generative models with increasingly general models at higher levels. The difference between model predictions and the actual input (prediction error) drives model selection and adaptation processes minimizing the prediction error. Event-related brain potentials elicited by sensory deviance are thought to reflect the processing of prediction error at an intermediate level in the hierarchy. We review evidence from auditory and visual studies of deviance detection suggesting that the memory representations inferred from these studies meet the criteria set for perceptual object representations. Based on this evidence we then argue that these perceptual object representations are closely related to the generative models assumed by predictive coding theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-143
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Psychophysiology
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2012

Keywords

  • Deviance detection
  • Event-related brain potentials (ERP)
  • Mismatch negativity (MMN)
  • Object representation
  • Perception
  • Predictive coding
  • Visual mismatch negativity (vMMN)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology (medical)

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